When Should You Update Your Resume?

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Just because you’ve created a resume doesn’t mean that’s the one you’ll use forever as is. You should be updating your resume on a fairly regular basis – whether you’re currently employed or searching for a new job. We’ll break down just how often you should update your resume!

If You’re Currently Employed

Even if you’re not actively seeking new employment, you should still be updating your resume one to two times a year. You’ll want to add skills and experiences you’ve accomplished in your current role, so you don’t forget about them later on. Making sure you update your resume regularly – even if currently employed – will make it easier for you to have a resume ready to go should you need it unexpectedly for a job search.

If You’re Job Searching

If you’re job searching, you’ll need to be updating your resume much more frequently. You may even need to tailor it for each application you send. As an active job seeker, you should have an accurate but relevant resume for each position you’re applying for. Tailor your resume for each application to highlight your relevant skills and experience will edge you out as a better candidate from the competition.

If You Have a Career Update

You’ll also want to update your resume when you have career news. If you’ve earned a certification, completed a learning course, got a promotion, or accomplished a significant project, be sure to add to your resume! You’ll also want to add any other relevant updates such as certain volunteer work, education, awards, or other achievements.

If the Information isn’t Relevant

As you continue down your career path, you’ll learn and grow new skills and experience. This means some of your information listed on your resume will no longer be relevant. For example, if you’re looking for a senior management position and you have other management positions listed on your resume, but you also have your first “pet sitter” job listed, you can remove it. Hiring managers will only be interested in the previous work experience that is relevant to the position you’re searching for.

Your resume should be treated as a “living document.” This means it should be updated whenever there’s a change to your career, some of the information is out of date or no longer relevant, or if you’re job searching. Staying on top of updating your resume regularly will make it easier to manage any changes that need to be made.

About EG Workforce Solutions

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